This Is Secret Service Territory
Donald Trump knows he has lost this election and he intends to be a bad loser.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, wrote on Twitter that Mr. Trump “makes death threats because he’s a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl.”
A presidential candidate is not above the law. Trump just sent a message to tens of gun owning mentally unstable people to at least make the attempt. My knowledge is this is illegal. The Secret Service needs to do its job and have a sit down with this guy.
“You aren’t just responsible for what you say; you’re responsible for what people hear,” said former CIA director Michael Hayden during breaking news coverage of Trump’s comments on CNN.
Republican nominee engaged in so-called stochastic terrorism with his remarks about "Second Amendment people" and Clinton
Donald Trump uttered perhaps his most outrageous – and dangerous – ad-lib yet. And that's saying something for a campaign in which he's criticized John McCain for being a prisoner of war, characterized Mexicans as rapists, called for banning Muslims from coming into the country, picked a fight with a Gold Star family and urged Russia to hack his political opponent. ..... given what we know about people taking up arms in this country, there will undoubtedly be some people who think he was serious and consider the possibility. ....
Stochastic terrorism, as described by a blogger who summarized the concept several years back, means using language and other forms of communication "to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable." .. we can predict that there could be a presently unknown lone wolf who hears his call and takes action in the future. .... Trump puts out the dog whistle knowing that some dog will hear it, even though he doesn't know which dog..... He has 1) demonized her whenever he can by calling her "Crooked Hillary" and constantly degrading her; 2) organized a convention around which the central theme, repeated over and over, was that Clinton is a criminal who needs to be locked up, clearly using fear and moral disgust as motivators; and 3) is now using violent metaphors (or "jokes," if that's what you think his statements were) against her, just short of an explicit call to arms. Now we just have to hope that #4 doesn't come about – that violence does not erupt.